PMI MassBay Professional Development Day North
March 23-24, 2017
It is a pleasure to volunteer for the BOD at PMI Mass Bay and lead the Professional Development Team. Due to collaboration of an amazing group of volunteers, we were able to develop and deliver two Professional Development Days this program year. Special thanks to the larger PD Day committee who helped plan and execute a member focused and fun event. Once again, our volunteer teams shined!
@PmiMassBay held a winter PD Day this year at the Sheraton Four Points in Wakefield and the survey results are in. It was a great success!
Thursday evening kick-off
Starting with a Thursday night dinner and Global Café we hosted over 100 participants for an engaging and fun interactive session. We discussed three main topics: Definitions of the terms Project, Program and Portfolio, Risk Management and the Portfolio Management process. Each table was made up of Project Managers from different industries and different levels of experience. Working together, the groups learned from each other and how different industries view and manage projects. Participants were engaged and reported that they liked meeting and working with their table teams on the topics and that they connected with each other on a more personal level than at traditional networking events. We documented the data collected during the event and it is available in unedited form on our website.
Friday PD Day
Friday was a full day of learning opportunities focused on Leadership and Strategy. The day kicked off with a Keynote by Eric Bloom focusing on strategy for Project Managers, “Being an Agent of Change”. As PMI looks to the future, strategic thinking is becoming a key competency. Participants reported that his keynote hit the mark.
Participants were the given the option of taking two half day sessions or registering for a one day intense training course on Project Rescue led by Evans Travis. The reviews from the full day course were overwhelmingly positive leading many to encourage us to repeat this course again for others.
The two half day tracks featured the following:
Kerry Wills spoke about Program Management and used the Building of the Parthenon to illustrate his points in “Building the Parthenon: Establishing and Running Effective Programs in Today’s Landscape”, while Stefanie Heiter spoke about “Virtual Fitness: Organizational Attitudes” and used current research findings. The afternoon sessions included Eric Bloom, speaking on the topic of “Strategic Thinking and Planning for Project Managers” and Marie Bankuti and Ank Stuyfzand, delivering a deeper dive on their PD Day South topic of “Conversational Intelligence 2.0”.
Being the first year of having two Professional Development Days, attendance was strong and many attendees noted that they appreciated a larger event in their area. The food received high marks for variety and quality, while we did note that the sound insulation between rooms could be improved. The main networking area featured several recruiting companies, our PD Day speakers and Boston University showcasing their educational offerings. PM2020 and Professional Development Day South planning charts were displayed and volunteers encouraged attendees to provide their thoughts for the coming year’s programming. Anthony Hines joined us again to coach job seekers and provide templates to getting your next job.
If you missed PD Day North, we have posted pictures on our website at pmimassbay.org for your viewing enjoyment. Don’t miss PD Day South on September 22-23 2017 at the Sheraton Four Points in Norwood, MA. The three learning tracks include: Advanced Agile Topics, Program and Portfolio Management, and Change and Risk Management. The tracks were selected from member input (PM2020) and PMO Leaders in our region. Come and learn from the experts and prepare to take your Project Management career to the next level.